The U.S. deserves a little
Matthew E. Caster
For two months now, I've tried to convey
the splendor of this great country we live in. The sad truth is that some
people don't quite agree with me.
I'm not talking about terrorists, who loathe
everything that makes this country superb. I'm referring to ordinary people
in other nations who hate everything America
Take China, for example. Foxnews.com reports
the Chinese government is producing and distributing DVDs and videos of
the World Trade Center collapse. Here's
a sample of the alleged commentary playing
with these mortifying images:
"This is the America the whole world has
wanted to see. Blood debts have been repaid in blood. Look at the panic
in their faces as they wipe the dust off and crawl
out of their strong buildings now just
a heap of rubble. We will never fear these people again. They have been
shown to be soft-bellied paper tigers."
Reports out of China indicate that President
Jiang Zemin is hooked on these videos, ordering his servants to "Play it
And what about the images of Palestinians
celebrating at the news of the attacks? Or Saudi claims that it was "American
arrogance" that brought about this
disaster? If it's not obvious, let me
spell it out: These people hate us, and nothing brings them more pleasure
than watching us die en masse on television.
Now, for those of you who don't quite grasp
the source of American pride, or think America is a nation rich with arrogance
and nothing more, allow me to explain
why this is a great nation.
America is a great nation because an egotistical
slob such as myself can criticize the government without retribution. It
is a great nation because I can choose which
church I go to and who governs me. This
is a great nation because my relatives have died to make it so.
Look around Houston, with its pretty skyscrapers
and indoor sports stadiums. For 165 years, our city has attracted many
people with different backgrounds and
beliefs. Other cities have existed for
millennia without obtaining the beauty and diversity of Houston.
China has killed millions for speaking
out against the government and forces children to work in factories. Without
our troops stationed in the region, Saudi Arabia
couldn't stop cub scouts from invading,
let alone Saddam Hussein.
Are these people forgetting that billions
of arrogant American dollars are what allow them to keep their pathetic
economies afloat? Do they forget that their children
come over here to get educated because
they have no decent schools of their own?
We have a right to be arrogant, for we
rise from tragedy stronger than ever before. That is what makes this a
great nation. God bless America.